Combined Optometry Residency & Graduate Degrees

Program Description
The combined Residency/Graduate program at SUNY Optometry offers a unique opportunity for new ODs seeking a graduate degree in vision science research in an area with clinical application while developing and maintaining advanced clinical competencies. The residency program will be completed over a two year period (equivalent to a 12 month program), while concurrent graduate work occurs. The master’s degree can be anticipated to be completed within 2-3 years, and the first 1-2 years of the PhD can be completed during residency training. Clinical areas of interest will be coupled with graduate work/research in areas such as: Primary Care, Pediatrics, Cornea and Contact Lens, Vision Rehabilitation, Traumatic Brain Injury, or Ocular Disease.

Program Length
Residency: 2 years, start date July 1 (50% time devoted to Residency Program)
Graduate Degree: Masters – 2 years to completion
PhD – 2-3 years beyond residency to completion 12 months

For description of Graduate Program in Vision Science

Additional Information

Program Mission Statement
The combined Graduate/Residency program, at the State University of New York, State College of Optometry, provides an individual with the opportunity to obtain advanced clinical competency in an area of optometric care through a residency program, coupled with a graduate degree (masters or PhD) that complements the clinical experience. Translational research and the direct clinical application will occur while developing and maintaining advanced clinical competencies.


*Applicant must be accepted first into the Graduate Program prior to applying through ORMatch. *OD degree from an accredited school of optometry
*Successful completion of Parts 1, 2, 3 and TMOD of the National Board
*NY State Licensure (eligible for applicants)
Application Deadline
The deadline for application to the Graduate Program is December 31st
*Because residency program is combined with graduate program, please view specific program requirements, applications process and benefits.

The deadline for application to the residency program through ORMatch is January 31st


Start Date
July 1
ORMS Matching Service
Additional Faculty
Fully accredited by ACOE


Hours Per Week
50% of time (approximately 20 hours) specific for the residency
Remaining 50% of time specific to graduate studies

Leave – Sick: 5 days/year Annual: 7 days/year and Medical, Dental & Vision Coverage

Research Responsibilities
Research opportunities will be in conjunction with graduate studies in the area of clinical interest.

Educational Opportunities
A wide variety of educational opportunities exist which includes SUNY’s Didactic Program, as well as additional lectures and seminars specific to the clinical area of interest, and work in the graduate program.

Teaching Responsibilities
The resident will have the opportunity to do clinical or laboratory teaching.


Residency Site
SUNY State College of Optometry
33 West 42nd Street
New York, NY 10036
Program Supervisor
Dr. Joan K. Portello
Phone: (212) 938-4170